Translate your messages into plant speak, and the plants respond back

Microsoft Research’s Studio 99 artist-in-residence Helena Steiner has created a project that would allow humans to talk to plants, and for plants to talk back. When you type on a computer connected to a sensor-loaded plant, Project Florence translates your words into plant speak, then translates the plant’s response back to English, spit out like a fortune from the terminal.

How exactly do plants talk? Steiner explains, “We take advantage of the sensibility of plants to different light frequencies and use it to trigger a plant response through manipulation and compare the similarities between plants and natural language processes.”

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